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<span class="articleLocation”>The U.S. Senate Budget Committee on Thursday
voted to confirm Republican Congressman Mick Mulvaney as White
House budget director under President Donald Trump.
Senators narrowly approved Trump’s nominee along party lines
in a 12-11 vote. Democrats criticized him for hard line fiscal
positions on popular social programs and for failing to pay more
than $15,000 in taxes in relation to a household employee until
after he was nominated.
His nomination will now move to the Senate floor for a full
Mulvaney, a South Carolina Republican and a leading member
of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, favors raising the
Social Security retirement age to 70 and means-testing
beneficiaries of the Medicare healthcare program.
Budget committee Chairman Mike Enzi, a Wyoming Republican,
told the panel Mulvaney is “uniquely qualified” to be budget
director: “He is a proven budget hawk that’s been vocal about
our need to rein in government spending and debt.”
But the nominee came under fire from Senator Bernie Sanders,
an independent who ran for the Democratic presidential
nomination last year.
The Vermont lawmaker warned that Mulvaney’s positions on
Social Security and Medicare contradict Trump’s campaign
statements to leave the programs untouched. Sanders also said
his failure to pay taxes for a nanny he employed from 2000 to
2004 should disqualify him as a nominee.
Sanders and fellow independent Angus King of Maine voted
with the committee’s nine Democrats to oppose Mulvaney.
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